English – Global surface temperatures in 2019 are on track


XAT 2020 Exam Paper – English – Global surface temperatures in 2019 are on track

Q. Global surface temperatures in 2019 are on track to be either the second or third warmest since records began in the mid-1800s, behind only 2016 and possibly 2017. On top of the long-term warming trend, temperatures in 2019 have been buoyed by a moderate El Niño event that is likely to persist through the rest of the year.
Which of the following statements can be BEST inferred based on the above paragraph?

  1. El Niño event causes global surface temperatures to rise in the long-term.
  2. A moderate El Niño event increases temperature more than a weak El Niño event.
  3. El Niño event did not affect temperatures in 2016 and 2017.
  4. The long-term trend of global surface temperatures is unrelated to El Niño.
  5. Global surface temperatures are increasing at a constant rate for three years.

Answer: D



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